William Washbourne1

M, b. before 9 November 1601, d. 30 October 1658
FatherJohn Washbourne b. b 1 Aug 1556, d. b 11 Dec 1624
MotherMartha Timbrell b. c 1578, d. b 9 May 1626
     William was born before 9 November 1601 in Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. On 9 November 1601, he was christened in Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England, at the parish church of St. Peter. William married Jane Whitehead circa 1625 in England.2 He and Jane were blessed with 8 children. William was first found in 1647 in Stratford, Connecticut, where he was one of the thirty five men who accepted the invitation of the first seventeen settlers to join them. Later, he removed from Stratford to Hempstead, Long Island as his name appears as a "free holder~ in 1647. It has been previously settled by a colony of English from Wethersfield and Stamford, Connecticut. In 1653, delegates from each of the eight English towns on Long Island met and drew up a protest against Peter Stuyvesant's tyrannical methods. William and John Summers signed for Hempstead. He also acquired land in Oyster Bay and was appointed magistrate in 1653. William made his will on 29 September 1657.

"The 29 of September 1657 - I William Washborne doe appoint my welibeloved friends and faithfull (sic. "wife," evidently, is left out) to be my Ouerseeres of this my Will and testament J giue to my Sonn Hope my Six Oxen and fower Cowes and one horse one mare, and all my Land and deuisens (sic. Illegible. Perhaps "devisions," the "u" used for "v") with the meadowes belonging thereto, and Barne and home-lott (written on two lines with a hyphen) with all Instruments of husbandry Except one third part of a meadow yt my Son John please to haue, then he shall paying (sic.) . . . eates (sic. Probably "costs."
A few words are illegible) for ye same: Allsoe I giue him two sowes, allsoe I giue to my daughter Patience three Cowes or Steeres, allsoe I giue to my daughter Hester three cowes or Steeres, and one mare between them bothe. Allsoe I giue to my daughter Phebe three kowes or three steeres, these to be paid at their day of mariage yf they Carry to ye Likeing of these my ouerseeres (yt not) to be at theire Disposeing. Allsoe I giue to my Sonn Robert Williams Children ye like And to Edward Titus the like, Allsoe I giue to Sara the daughter of Robert Jackson one yearling heyfer J giue to my Sonn John Washborne one yearling and my morter & pestell at my death, or my wiues I giue to my beloved wife all ye rest or remainder of my Cattle, wth my house and household goods to be at her disposeing, wth this Condition that yf shee remaine unmarried, But yf shee marry, then this is my will that these things shallbe (sic.) at my ouerseeres disposeing then this is my will, that she shall haue fower Cowes, these Cowes to be wintered and Summered Free But not ye Increase to remaine to her It (sic. At edge of page and torn. Perhaps "Item.") I doe glue her one mare & foale, and this how (torn) or another built, Allsoe her fire-wood Cut and bro (torn. Probably "brought") home, Fit for the fire free chardge. I giue her th (torn. Probably "thirty," "thirteen" or "three") bushells of Come, fifteene of wheate, and fifteen of Indian, and halfe an Accre (acre) of flax sowne and brought home, this to be donn yearly as long as she doth live, Allsoe she shall have all the householde goods at her disposeing, this gift to my Sonn Hope as yf he carry well & to ye Likeing of my ouerseeres My ouerseeres that I appoint in this bueseines of wright is, mr Leuerege: (Leverich) my Loveing wife, John (evidently an error for "Jane." At the beginning of the will it is also stated that the testator's friends and his "faithfull"—the word following evidently should be "wife," which, however, is left out of this old copy of the will made by the clerk.) Washborne, My sonn Robert Williams, Richard Willets my Sonnes- in law, J hope you will all of you accept of it, And be Careful! yf God take mee Away by death : yf Hope accept of this gift from me he must be careful! ["carefull" marked out] be bound to Mannag the things for his mother. I giue to my son John twoe ox pasture (sic.) in the pasture, with five gates in the neck: This my will is not to Stand in force till they heare of my death, this I acknowledge to be my owne will & testament.
(No signature appears.)
Witnes: Michael Chadderton, Richard Willets, John Washborne

     The aboue written will was brought vnto mee by mrs Washborne about Te (sic.an illegible word at edge of the page nd torn.) weeke (This may be "weeks.") after ye decease of her husband and it was made vp & sealed in the forme of A letter, and vpon ye Supscrip (sic. Incomplete, at edge of the page.) was written: This is my Will: William Wash- borne : I did then breake vp ye seale And did reade the aboue written Will in ye heareing of Mrs Washborne aforesd & Richard Willets : And this I testify to be ye very truth: Approued & recorded by ordre of Court before Specefyed June ye 11th 1659 teste
John James.3

William departed this life on Wednesday, 30 October 1658 in Town of Hempstead, Long Island, New Netherlands. His will was probated on 5 June 1659.


Jane Whitehead


  1. [S863] Mabel Thacher Rosemary Washburn, Washburn family foundations in Normandy, England, and America, pages 83-103.
  2. [S863] Mabel Thacher Rosemary Washburn, Washburn family foundations in Normandy, England, and America, page 102 - The surname of the wife of William Washburn was undoubtedly Whitehead. Thompson's History of Long Island, Volume 2, page 425, says that William Washburn came to Oyster Bay with "his brother Daniel." No mention of a Daniel Washburn in Long Island records or in the Parish Register of Bengeworth, England, is found, and this Daniel was evidently a brother-in-law. He was one of the purchasers with William Washburn of land at Oyster Bay in 1653, where he is called Daniel Whitehead.°
    Children of.
  3. [S863] Mabel Thacher Rosemary Washburn, Washburn family foundations in Normandy, England, and America, pages 96-97 - Will of William Washburn dated.